Stephen Drew will reportedly return to the Red Sox on a one year prorated deal for 10 million dollars of the 14 million dollar qualifying offer the Red Sox made last offseason as being reported on WEEI.com and first reported by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. With the upcoming draft and struggles of the Sox infield, the time was right to snatch up Drew.
If any team signed Drew up to this point, they would have had to surrender a first round pick to the Sox. After the draft, no compensation would be required. One could say the Evil Empire in New York would have been waiting in the wings on Drew. This was a heads up move by GM Ben Cherington after being swept by the Detroit Tigers, Will Middlebrooks landing again on the disabled list and Xander Bogaerts being inconsistent in the field.
The Sox can now shift Bogaerts back to third base where he played in the World Series and he can be mentored by Drew on how he carries himself in the field and in the clubhouse. With youth, there can be growing pains and this has been the case so far. As for Middlebrooks, after numerous stints on the disabled list and up and down play with the bat, the Sox can also buy time for prospect Gavin Cecchini to develop in the minors.
Another positive sign of this move is that the Sox still believe they can get back into the American League East race and aren’t ready to give up. Drew’s defense and veteran presence will help rebuild chemistry for this 2014 squad. Drew won’t start here right away as he will need a brief rehab assignment in the minors to shake off the rust.
Here’s hoping to a better rest of the Summer from here on out.